Pistonhead by Thomas A. Hauck is a week in the life of Charlie - the guitar player of the band Pistonhead.
Life is going so good for Charlie this week. The lead singer has some drug issues, he lives with (a lot) of mice, his girlfriend has left him, the audience is throwing beer bottles at him. And oh yeah - he has a day job on an assembly line.
Charlie is a likeable guy, just trying to live his dream and do the right thing. But is his dream attainable? Charlie faces some truths during this chaotic week, with an ending I didn't expect.
Hauck himself was the guitar player of Boston based bands Ball and Pivot and The Atlantics in the late seventies and eighties. Pistonhead definitely has a ring of authenticity - the late nights, behind the scenes, bad bars, groupies and hanging on. I wonder how much of this novella is autobiographical? Hauck left the entertainment industry, earned his MBA and is now a freelance writer.
A short but entertaining read, with a stay true to yourself message.